Forest or bush foods important for food security

Posted on 29. Jun, 2011 by in News KGA

In the drought of the late 1990s, people in the Solomon Islands and PNG turned to their traditional bush foods to supplement their diets.  The foods harvested wild from the bush are an important resource for food security.

Now, the population of Central Choiseul, Solomon Islands, has traditional knowledge of its forest foods documented, thanks to an AusAID-funded ethnobotanical project carried out by Kastom Gaden Association and TerraCircle working with Sasamuqa Hospital and the Sasamuqa Kastom Gaden Members.

The Forest Foods of Lauru is the title of the book. It documents not only the foods, their processing and cooking, but also the traditional land classification system that is based on ecological zones from coastal mangrove swamp to mountain top. The zoning forms part of the traditional forest food knowledge set.

To view a sample of the book on the TerraCircle website click here

The book was recently launched in Choiseul.


One Response to “Forest or bush foods important for food security”

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    28. Dec, 2011

    This book was very useful for the people of choisuel but not only in choisuel but also in other parts of solomon Island, as this is the friuts for life and it is our main trees and friuts for life, thanks for the Tony Jasen for taking this initiationon for the combination of the se book as a useful tools for solomon Islanders and rest of the Pacific as a whole.

    Michael Bilau Qwanafia